Empower Missouri Annual Conference Takes On Hunger; and MO Supreme Court Declares Jail Board Bills Illegal

Empower Missouri Annual Conference Takes On Hunger

The highlighted issue for the Empower Missouri 2019 Conference is food insecurity and evidence-based public policy solutions to hunger. The conference will be held 10am to 4:30pm, Saturday, November 9th in the Holiday Inn Executive Center, 2200 Interstate 70 Dr SW, Columbia, MO 65203. The conference is $35 for the day, to register go to – https://secure.everyaction.com/Fh8Kw8WzmE2AVSUjaXsPnQ2

The keynote speaker is Ellen Teller, Director of Government Affairs, Food Research and Action Center, Washington, DC. Teller joined FRAC in 1986 as a staff attorney and previously worked at the American Bar Association’s Section on Individual Rights and Responsibilities, the Center for Science in the Public Interest, and the Consumer Federation of America. She has a B.A. in political science and English literature from the State University of New York College at Oneonta, and a J.D. from Western New England College School of Law.

Workshop include Fighting for Food Justice: Workshop Seeing Food Access through a Racial Equity Lens, Discover the “Good Taste” of Healthy Food, Policies and Programs Addressing Food Insecurity for Children and Families, Mass Incarceration in Missouri, Positive Dialogue: A Building Block for Personal and Community Change and more.

Host Jeff Humfeld talks with Jeanette Mott Oxford, Executive Director of Empower Missouri about the Annual Conference and the recently released 2019 Missouri Hunger Atlas.

Empower Missouri
Website – https://empowermissouri.org/
Phone – (573) 634-2901 Toll Free: (888) 634-2901
Email – Info@empowermissouri.org

MO Supreme Court Declares Jail Board Bills Illegal

The Missouri Supreme Court ruled “jail board bills” to be illegal. These fees charged by most rural counties make county jails in Missouri de facto debtors prisons, with little regard to the ability of the defendant to pay these fees. Defendants are brought back in ongoing payment review hearings, each time adding additional fines to their original bill. These practices are in essence a “government-sponsored loan shark scheme” according to by Peter Edelman Professor of Law at Georgetown.

Host Patricia Bartholome talks with Matthew Mueller, Senior Bond Litigation Counselor for the Missouri Public Defender’s office in Kansas City about the Legal strategy that led to the MO Supreme Court ruling and the effects the practice had on communities and individuals.

MO Public Defenders – KC Office

Address: 324 E 11th St, Kansas City, MO 64106
Phone: (816) 889-2099


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